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Parents and their children are thankful for these blessings.

The Museum of the Moving Image will present daily matinees, drop-in art classes, animation projects and fun with the Swedish Chef in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District over the three-day Thanksgiving Weekend.

The 10th anniversary screening of “Ratatouille,” a Pixar-produced, computer-graphics-imaging comedy that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, will kick off the program at the Redstone Theater on Friday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. The film will repeat at the same time on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

With voices provided by actors Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, and Patton Oswalt, “Ratatouille” follows Remy, a talented chef in Paris who dreams of working in a fine restaurant. There’s one problem: he’s a rat. With help from a human friend named “Linguini,” Remy prepares delicious dishes and other culinary masterpieces for impressed diners, but various comic mishaps cook up along the way. (The movie’s name is a pun based on the main character’s species and a French dish that usually includes yellow squash and zucchini with bell peppers, tomatoes and béchamel sauce.)

The Great Muppet Caper” will show at the Redstone Theater on Friday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Similarly, this Jim Henson classic will repeat at the same time on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

In this musical, which has hints of comedy and mystery, investigative journalists Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo the Great head to London to cover a jewel heist involving a famous fashion designer. The plot thickens when a femme fatale extraordinaire, Miss Piggy, comes on the scene. While pretending to be the famous designer  even though she’s actually her receptionist – Miss Piggy is wrongly accused of a second jewel robbery and imprisoned. The intrepid reporters come to her rescue, and after a series of unlikely events including a jail break, a wild motorcycle ride and some crazy karate chops, justice is served.

Tickets for both films are $15, and all moviegoers are invited to attend an art-making workshop in the museum’s Digital Learning Suite on all three days from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. With the theme “International Chefs on Screen,” the workshops involve cooking-related projects similar to those in the films.

Alternatively, participants who don’t want to watch “Ratatoullie” or “The Great Muppet Caper” can pay the $15 general museum admission price  $15 for adults, $11 for senior citizens (65+), $11 for students with valid ID (18+), $7 for youths (3-17), and free for children under 3  and attend just the activities.

Here is the information in a schedule format: “Ratatouille,” Nov. 24-26, 11 a.m.; “The Great Muppet Caper,” Nov. 24-26, 2 p.m.; workshops, Nov. 24-26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Top image: PixarRatatouille; gallery images: Museum of the Moving Image


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